January 07, 2008
This legislation, HB 288, would require electrical utilities to offer their customers the option of installing a net-metering system that calculates the electricity they generate through alternative energy. The utility would apply this as a kilowatt-hour credit against the consumer's bill. "This common sense approach to energy billing gives utilities, homeowners and businesses the option to save a good deal of money," Rep. Seaton said.
With passage of this legislation, Alaska would join 45 other states where some form of net metering is required.
The small-scale power generation encouraged by this legislation decreases the need for new fossil fuel power plants.
"Alaska is blessed with boundless renewable energy. Our governor has formed a sub-cabinet to address the issue of climate change, the Legislature has formed a task force to study the impacts of climate change, and municipalities are adopting plans to help mitigate local greenhouse gas production. HB 288 will provide individual Alaskans with a tool to minimize their personal CO2 output," Seaton added.
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